By Staff writer
Media production hub publishes behind-the-scenes footage six hours ahead of global distribution
twofour54 became the first to release behind-the-scenes footage from the new Fast and Furious 7 production in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
The clip has been exclusively released in the UAE six hours ahead of global distribution after Abu Dhabi became a key location for the Furious 7 production.
Over the course of two weeks in April 2014, the team filmed in areas outside Abu Dhabi in the Liwa Desert, as well as in the city centre at such locations as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace hotel, the Yas Marina F1 race circuit and the Etihad Towers.
The behind-the-scenes featurette showcases the best locations in Abu Dhabi and exclusive interviews with the cast and crew while filming in Abu Dhabi.
The featurette release comes ahead of the movie’s world premiere in Los Angeles on April 1 attended by the film’s cast and crew as well as international teams who have worked on the production overseas.
James Wan, director of the film, says in the clip: “Here we are at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. It’s a little different to what the Fast and Furious franchise has seen in the past. We are one of the first Hollywood films to showcase Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi and we cannot be more excited to be here.”
Commenting on the cast’s experience, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, one of the film’s stars, adds: “When I arrived in Abu Dhabi, I said that falls right in line with where we need to be.”
Directed by James Wan, production for the film first commenced in November 2013 and was the latest major Hollywood production to be filmed in Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi production commenced when the film’s visual effects unit came to the UAE’s captial to secure helicopter shots, stunt footage and a variety of visual effects work.
Later in the project, approximately 120 cast and crew, including actors Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, joined the crew in Abu Dhabi to continue production.
Click here to view the film’s behind the scenes featurette.
Furious 7 is aiming to follow in the footsteps of the previous film, which was released in May 2013, and made $238,679,850 worldwide.
So far, the six previous Fast and Furious movies in the series have grossed $937.8 million worldwide.